Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Free modern table runner pattern - a new felted wool technique with free pattern

Greetings fellow stitchaholics,

Here at last is the free project I promised you.
It uses a new technique I developed for projects using woolfelt and felted wool.

I call it a making a "Wool Smoothie" The free project is a modern table runner pattern and you can find the link for the download below.

If you work with woolfelt or felted wool, you know that the seams can be quite bulky due to the thickness of the material. While that is not always an issue, it can be at times. 
Now there is a fun and easy way around that. 

By using my Whisperlite tracer/foundation as an ultra lightweight base you can "seam" the wool without the bulk. Whisperlite is NOT a fusible product. Ask your local quilt shop if they have it. If not, you can order it with this link, or this link. It's 42" wide and is sold by the yard. You'll love it.

Whisperlite tracer/foundation by Thistledown and Company

The free pattern is for a modern table runner and you can download the PDF by clicking this link.

Table runner by Thistledown and Company

 

Here are the basics of the Wool Smoothie™ technique.

Cut a piece of Whisperlite 1" larger than the finished project size.
With a #2 pencil, draw a line 1/2" from the edge on all four sides.

Tape the Whisperlite to a flat work surface. * A cutting mat, or cardboard is great. If using a table with a finished surface protect it with cardboard first.



Cut the wool pieces as called for in the pattern.
Using quilter's basting spray (DO NOT use spray adhesive) and working in a well ventilated area with newspaper protecting your work surface, spray one side of the wool piece.


Place the spray basted wool pieces onto the Whisperlite foundation as directed in the pattern instructions. Hand press in place. Add several pieces at a time and make sure they are tight up against each other with no spacing inbetween. Make sure you have it lined up properly.


After applying about 1/3 of the pieces allow to dry about 10-15 minutes.
Now either by hand, or machine, stitch along the seams with decorative stitches, such as a fly stitch, a ladder stitch, or any bridging stitch that jumps back and forth between the two pieces. If you are stitching by hand the whisperlite is super easy to stitch through. Of course it's no problem by machine either. The Whisperlite stabilizes the seamless seams without adding bulk or stiffness.  How great is that!


Continue adding pieces and stitching them in place. TA-DA.... Now you have a nice flat, smooth woolfelt table runner, or placemat, or candle mat, etc. because you don't have lumpy, bumpy seams.

The free PDF pattern, and my website have all the details and hints for making this project.
The Wool Smoothie™ technique is also great for crazy quilting, and for making miniature wool quilts too.
In fact, I'll be sharing more free projects using this technique soon.
I hope you have fun making your Wool Smoothie™ table runner.

Stitch on....stay happy
Linda



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